It's been yonks since Joe Cornish selfishly abandoned his post beside Adam Buxton on BBC 6Music's Adam & Joe show to go and fulfil a lifelong ambition to direct a film.
Cornish, like Garth Jennings, Duncan Jones and Gareth Edwards before him, didn't get the memo that said all British science fiction must be small-scale, tedious analogies of the decline of postwar imperialism or the unbelievable price of stamps or whatever we're complaining about these days. Instead, he's taken a genre he loves, set it in a place he loves, given it a sharp twist and a few stylistic nods to his influences and delivered a balls-out sci-fi actioner that should open a few doors and wallets for him in the hopefully-not-too-distant future.
Attack The Block unashamedly pays tribute to the creature features of the late 1970s and early '80s that Cornish grew up watching, and he makes sure you know it. Improbably stark blue backlights litter the outdoor scenes, and the first confrontation between boys and beast plays like a twisted, violent version of E.T.'s initial meeting with Elliott. By the time the actual block attacking begins it's Gremlins on crack vs. Goonies on weed, and the only thing missing is a cameo from Corey Feldman.
The young cast carry the film impressively (though not flawlessly), the aliens are admirably effective given the lack of CG bells and whistles, and the tower block itself becomes a character in the same way Nakatomi Plaza did in Die Hard, although you'll need to pay close attention to which direction the lifts are going in to avoid confusion.
Tomorrow on The Incredible Suit I'll be interviewing Attack The Block's production designer, director of photography and editor. Please come back and read it, otherwise I will have wasted an awful lot of time which could have been spent banging on about You Only Live Twice.